Double Trouble #32

Won’t you come get in some trouble with us at Double Trouble. This week Trouble Maker is challenging us to make a Christmas in July (yep, flip that calendar people it’s July 1st already!) with a square design. And who better to make an appearance at Christmas than Santa on vacation at the North Shore. Double Dare is asking us to link up to Retro Rubber Challenge #114.

I knew exactly which stamp sets I was going to use as soon as we decided on our challenge. There’s a little old (the beach chair and santa hat) mixed with a little new (the palm tree, sand, shells & sentiment). My paper is some that I had left from last Christmas – I knew I wanted to mix in that strip of “tropical” colors.

My card is square 4.5 X 4.5 – I cut the front cover a little short so the B&T would show.

I thought it was so clever that Santa left his hat while running off to catch a wave. After all the hard work he does, I’m sure Santa deserves an extended vacation in the sun!

Thanks for stopping by…leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this fun challenge, then run over to the Double Trouble Challenge and get the rules and play along.

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Double Trouble #17

Did you hear the news?  Twisted Sister made the nice list…thank you all for helping.  Now it’s time to bake some cookies for Santa!

Trouble Maker has the perfect recipe to get us started!

Recipe.” This time the recipe can be used for any occasion – birthday, thank you, get well, wedding and even Christmas if you still need that last minute card or tag.

From: The Kitchen of Double Trouble Challenge Blog
Servings: Unlimited fun
Ingredients:
3 – Embellishments
2 – Colors 
1 – Sentiment or image (stamped or digital OK)
Directions: You may use more than the recipe ingredients stipulate, but you need to include a required minimum of each ingredient. The ingredients may be included in the image or an add-on. But don’t stop here…you might want to consider special topping ingredients using “Bright and Bold” or “Soft and Pastel
“.

Double Dare is asking you to link up with Color My Heart Color Dare.  Make sure that you are following their rules and using either a Bright & Bold or Soft & Pastel palette!

Twisted Sister is asking you to include something that you’d find or make in the kitchen – remember this is just an optional twist, but it makes Twisted Sister so happy to see you participate that she’s going to pick her favorite card and send you a treat too!

I decided to do a side step card.  I included images from 2 different stamp sets and thought including a rolling pin & measuring cup were a good mix with my Gingerbread cookies.  For embellishments I used silver sequins which I colored with my Shin Han marker, sparkles and tassels that I made from clover and pixie CS and the new Fancy Borders thin cuts.

I hope you’ll want to join the fun at Double Trouble so hopefully you’ll make the nice list too!

It’s the Busiest Time of Year!

Wait…it’s supposed to be the Merriest Time of Year, right?  Then why am I still feeling like Christmas needs to come in about 2 months instead of two weeks?

These are just a few of the Christmas Cards that I’ve been working on.  I combined some retired products with brand new ones and declared that non-traditional colors could be used too!

Even though it’s just two weeks to Christmas it’s never too soon to start planning for next year and most of the products I used will be retiring at the end of December.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my cards…do you have a favorite?

Be Merry – Color Dare #322

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  

This week the Color Dare is mixing things up with you picking the colors as long as they are BRIGHT & BOLD.

 

I chose to use a PML card from the Tis the Season paper packet and a few of the B&T papers.  I then layered a snowflake from the Winter Flurries Thin Cuts in Silver & Red Glitter paper.

Now it’s YOUR turn!  The rules on how to join are located here.  While you are visiting the home page take a peek at what the other Design Team members have created…they are a talented bunch for sure!

Double Trouble #16

It’s time for more trouble over on the Double Trouble Papercrafting Blog.  This time Trouble Maker is requesting we use some form of embossing – heat, dry, embossing paste use one or use them all.  Twisted Sister is getting in the spirit and singing “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” and is requesting you add a snowflake on your project.  Double Dare is asking you to link up to the winter/holiday themed challenge at Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge.

I selected a soft Christmas palette of Ballerina, Mint, Charcoal & Linen with touches of Gold and a White Glitter Paper Snowflake.  I heat embossed my white snowflakes along the Ballerina cardstock and then added a die cut Snowflake from the Winter Flurries Thin Cuts. 

I hope you’ll come join in the fun at Double Trouble for a chance to win one of our bags of things.  I also hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a comment on your favorite Christmas palette. 

Season of Magic – Color Dare #320

It’s Friday and time for another Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge.  This week the Design Team is asking you to create with Kraft, New England Ivy, Candy Apple and an option to add Gold.

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These colors automatically spoke Christmas to me.  Adding Kraft at Christmas is one of my favorite things to do…I guess it goes back to brown paper packages tied up with strings!

 

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I’ve been sorting through retired stamps trying to find the perfect stamp set to make Christmas cards with…although I’ve found lots of stamps that I forgot I had and discovered a have A LOT of wreath stamps.  I still haven’t made up my mind for my personal Christmas cards.  I guess I better get on it!

I found this Season of Magic wreath and thought it had the perfect combination of elements to use with this weeks Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge.  My Kraft CS is Neenah 80lb Smooth Desert Storm.  I like that this is a lighter Kraft color and the texture of the paper makes a perfect card base.  I stamped my wreath in Toffee and added boughs and holly berries in New England Ivy & Candy Apple.  I layered the image panel on a piece of NEI cardstock and then finished it off with a few banners which I topped with a bow made from NEI twine.  I scattered a few bitty sparkles just to give it a frosty look.

Now it’s your turn…you can head over to the Color My Heart Color Dare and find the rules to enter and join in the fun.  While your there make sure you visit the Design Team members pages and let them know that you LOVE their projects.

I hope you’ll take the time to leave me some love as well…as a matter of fact, I’d like to know your favorite Christmas Color Combination I look forward to reading your answers.

 

Double Trouble #15

This week Trouble Maker challenged us to “Eat, Drink & Be Merry!”  I’m not sure what that has to do with the Sweet Treats challenge for Double Trouble #15, but maybe I misunderstood – I was drinking eggnog after-all (hiccup)!

Thank goodness Double Dare found a great mood board at Use Your Stuff Challenge #338 and they were gracious enough to partner up with us on this fun challenge.  What will it inspire you to make?

I was inspired to make Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles on top!

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My mom and I always baked Christmas cookies together…it was an ALL DAY affair!  Sugar Cookies (although my favorite to eat) were my least favorite to make.  I have a whole bin of her cutters and my grandma’s rolling pin to help me still get the job done.

I used papers from the Oh What Fun paper packet and added a cute little tag with some layered sugar cookies.  I finished it off with lots of Bitty Sparkles and a few big ones too.  If my cookies turn out as pretty as these stamped AND fussy cutted cookies, Santa will be sure to slide down my chimney!

I hope you’ll create something sweet and link up to our blog challenge – it’s really easy and if you have any problems at all Trouble Maker can help you out.   Remember to include lots of “sprinkles on top” so Twisted Sister can get on the nice list. While you’re getting inspired…take a minute and leave me a comment about your favorite sweet memory from Christmas.